Florida City Bans Gambling

The city of Doral in Florida’s Miami-Dade County voted unanimously to officially ban gambling and casinos in the city. The move potentially puts the reported plans for Trump’s Doral golf resort to establish its own casino in jeopardy.

The vote follows last month’s approval from the Florida state legislature for a 30-year compact. Its between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the state of Florida.

Under the agreement, the tribe wont be able interfering if the govt decides to give a gambling license. That is more than 15 miles “in a straight line” from the tribe’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.

The Trump resort is 18 miles from the Hard Rock, thus Trump should seek a gambling license for his resort. Which he purchased in 2012 and spent roughly $250 million renovating.

Eric Trump indicated earlier this year that the Trump Organization will take interest in establishing a casino at Doral.

“Many people consider Trump Doral to be unmatched from a gaming perspective — at 700 acres, properties just don’t exist of that size and quality in South Florida, let alone in the heart of Miami,” Trump told The Washington Post in March.

Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez told the Miami Herald ahead of Wednesday’s vote that the city “wanted to make sure we weighed in.”

“We will take whatever steps necessary,” he added.

Officials have expressed fears that casinos would negatively impact their communities, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber wrote a letter to the Department of the Interior asking that the federal government reject Gov. Ron DeSantis’s gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe.